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Chanel Vintage Mini Lizard Logo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel vintage bag in black lizard and golden hardware Sold with card and hologram Size 16x11 cm
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

1990s Chanel Black Leather Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s black quilted leather vintage Chanel classic mini flap bag with gold-tone hardware, single chain-link and leather shoulder strap, CC gold-tone turn-lock closure at front flap. ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Charms Mini Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Charms Mini Bag by Chanel 2004-2005 Black satin exterior Leather lined Chocolate bar stitching Mirror and lipstick charms on front Silver tone hardware Turnlock closure on front fl...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel blue velvet mini cross body bag. Shoulder strap 23". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover. Collection 20, 2014/2015. Mint condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
H 3 in. W 1.5 in. L 6 in.
Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Today we think of Chanel as the pinnacle of fashion and elegance. Historically, Chanel was certainly sportier and more casual. The original Chanel history is captured from time to ti...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
H 5.5 in. W 6 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Mini with Pearls Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black with Pearls Mini Bag. Crossbody bag. Gold hardware. New from 2020 collection. Never worn. Beautiful bag. Pricing for Chanel keeps increasing. Add this to your collection...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel signature mini bag, made of black satin with golden hardware. Equipped with a magnetic button closure, internally lined in black leather, roomy for the essentials. Equipped wi...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
H 4.34 in. W 6.7 in. D 1.97 in.
Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel Mini Flap made of black fabric with golden hardware. Closure with CC hook, internally not very large. Equipped with a leather and chain shoulder strap. It seems in perfect con...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
H 5.12 in. D 2.37 in. L 7.09 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Such a cute Chanel Mini gold cross-body bag made from aged calfskin leather in a chevron pattern design. This beautiful piece is preloved in excellent condition. BRAND Chanel ACCES...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
H 5.9 in. W 6.7 in. D 1.2 in.
Chanel Silver Mini Reissue Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel mini reissue silver cross body bag. Super limited edition. Shoulder drop 24". Comes with original dust cover.
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel mini black distressed leather Paris/New York mini bag. Shoulder drop, 16"L. Collection 2005/2006. Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
W 2 in. D 1 in. L 4 in.
Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Gold Leather and Calf Hair Pochette Evening Bag- Pristine Collectible miniature evening bag in metallic gold leather and calf hair. Extra long leather and gold chain entwine...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
H 3 in. D 0.75 in. L 2.5 in.
Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
The Chanel Neo Executive tote is one of cutest bag from the Cruise 2017 collection. Crafted from grained calfskin in a bright green hue, the front features a distinctive pocket with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
H 6.7 in. W 8.67 in. D 3.75 in.
Chanel Black Crocodile Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Crocodile Mini Classic Flap is in excellent condition. The highly sought after silhouette is particularly collectible in porosus crocodile; Chanel is in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Flap Bag is a runway piece in pristine condition. Encrusted with tiny gold flecks and quilted in signature Chanel diamond pattern. Gold tone...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
H 4.5 in. W 5.5 in. D 3 in.
Chanel Vintage Quilted Canvas Mini Frame Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black quilted grosgrain Chanel vintage mini frame bag with gold-tone hardware, single woven chain-link and leather shoulder strap, black leather interior, single pocket at interior w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pouches and Wristlets

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel 3 Accordian Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel 3 Accordion Mini Flap Bag in red for sale. It features gorgeous and super soft quilted lambskin leather with leather and chain straps and with three interior sepa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Multicolor Python Convertible Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Multicolor Python Mini Flap Bag is in excellent condition. A fabulous versatile piece, it can be carried as a shoulder bag or worn as a belt. Brightly hued py...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Wool Knit Mini Tweed Backpack Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel wool woven tweed backpack. Black and pink woven thread detail. Chanel Tweed Twist backpack with antiqued gold-tone hardware, black lambskin leather zip, leather straps, dual a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Quilted Canvas Mini Frame Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black quilted grosgrain Chanel vintage mini frame bag with gold-tone hardware, single woven chain-link and leather shoulder strap, black leather interior, single pocket at interior w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Iridescent Python Snake Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition iridescent python mini cross body bag. Shoulder strap 23". Comes with hologram and dust cover. This item does not ship to California due to wildlife regulations.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Union Jack Mini Flap Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Mini Classic Flap Handbag Chanel Métiers d'Art Pre-Fall 2008 Made in France Limited edition reissue Navy Blue Quilted cotton jersey Silver toned hardwar...
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Early 2000s Novelty Bags

Chanel Vintage 90's Mini CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90's Mini CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag circa 1995 black leather gold-tone hardware signature stitched interlocking CC logo drawstring fastening leather and chain-link s...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Mini Diamond Quilted CC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Gold Mini Diamond Quilted CC Crossbody Bag circa 2012-2013 gold-tone leather square body diamond quilting gold-tone hardware signature interlocking CC turn-lock fastening fol...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Laminated Metallic Copper Leather Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Laminated Metallic Copper Leather Mini Flap Bag - Mini flap bag crafted from laminated rose-toned bronze leather featuring signature diamond quilting - Unusual pink-toned...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Vintage Drawstring CC Bucket Bag Caviar Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Loss of shape on exterior, wear on opening edge and base corners, creasing on strap. Wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Poc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

1990s Chanel Black Quilted Canvas Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
1990s Chanel mini flap bag in black canvas and gold hardware featuring a gold toned crossbody chain interlaced with the same fabric. Made in France. Rectangular body measures 5.5 x 3...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Satin Camellia Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel Black Quilted Satin Camellia Mini Flap Bag is a rare and beautiful. The bag features diamond stitched quilted satin, gold-tone hardware, a front flap with the signature i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag 1989 {VINTAGE 32 Years} Gold hardware Black lambskin diamond stitch Red lambskin interior lining Classic interwoven long cha...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel CC Chain Flap Bag Multicolor Sequins Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Small glue stain and loose threads on flap, minor wear on exterior and strap, light scuffs underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Vintage Beaded Mini Box Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Beaded Mini Box Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1990's. A rare and stunning evening bag for any collection. Black mini box bag is b...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This is a chic shoulder bag that is finely crafted of diamond quilted lambskin leather. The bag features a gold chain link and leather shoulder strap and a flap that opens to a leath...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Hot Pink Wallet On Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Mini Hot Pink Wallet On A Chain Bag. Pink caviar leather with gold hardware. Mint like new condition. Hard to find mini size. Collector's piece. Includes authenticity card, du...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Blue Multicolor Satin Mini Chain Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Blue Multicolor Satin Mini Messenger Pouch features a satin multicolor print with a skinny belt loop on the back and has a detachable chain strap that can be worn over your sh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL mini Timeless bag in beige caviar grained leather with aged silver metal jewelry. Condition: Never worn. Made in France Dimensions: 19.5 x 13 x 6.5 cm Chain length: 121 cm Hol...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
H 5.12 in. W 2.56 in. L 7.68 in.
Chanel Burgundy Quilted Velvet Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Beautiful Timeless Chanel mini size in velvet bordeaux in good condition from 2015. Leather wallet inside. Size 20*11*2 cm 8" L x 1" W x 4.3" H Comes with card and dust bag. For ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Python CC Box Camera Case Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Mini Python CC Box Camera Case Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop. Boasting a soft neon-pink python-leather exterior silver-tone hardware e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel mini tote bag in plum brown Shearling. Inside, two large zipped leather pockets. Hologram: 5253 (1999) ... no authenticity card. will be delivered in a Valois Vintage Paris...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
H 7.49 in. D 2.76 in. L 8.67 in.
Chanel Mineral Nights Crossbody Bag Strass Embellished Leather Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear on opening edges and strap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 4.5", Wid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Mini Flap Cream Python Mini Clutch Top Handle Flap Bag Minaudière
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
2004 {VINTAGE 17 Years} -Beige python leather -Ruthenium hardware -Classic interwoven triple chain -CC classic lock closure at frontal flap -White satin lining -Small interior slip ...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Black Aged Quilted Leather Mini Reissue Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Introduce Chanel's irreplaceable style to your closet with this Reissue Camera bag. Crafted using aged leather, the bag has a signature quilted exterior, the Mademoiselle motif on th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Chain Phone Holder Crossbody Bag Quilted Velvet Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Moderate balding on base corners, opening edges and closure trim, wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Meas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tech Accessories and Cases

Chanel Square Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Faint scuffs underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Measurements: Height 5", Width 6.5", Depth 3", Strap Drop 17" Designer: Chanel M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Single Flap Bag SKU: 112011 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Con...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Suede Phone Mini Bag (Circa 2000)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel bags with the code 6XXXXXX are manufactured in 2000 - 2002. COLOR: Black MATERIAL: Suede ITEM CODE: 6114846 MEASURES: H 6” x L 3” x D 1.5” DROP: 22.5” COMES WITH: Dust bag an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Leather Mini Rectangle Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet with this creation. Beautifully crafted from leather, it bears the iconic quilt on the exterior, the signature label wi...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel CC Turn & Lock Camera Bag Quilted Calfskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, indentations and wear on exterior, darkening and wear on strap. Pilling and darkening on zipper tape, wear in interior, scratches on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Boy Brick Flap Bag Patent and Plexiglass Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear on base and flap corners, slight discoloration on exterior. Creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Mini Business Affinity Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Mini Business Affinity Flap Bag SKU: 111812 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: V...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel CC Tassel Camera Bag Diagonal Chevron Calfskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear exterior corners, rear and strap, creasing and marks on exterior. Minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Suede Paris-Edinburgh Mini Highland Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Pink suede Chanel Paris-Edinburgh Mini Highlander messenger bag with antiqued silver-tone hardware, single shoulder strap, crochet floral pattern at front face, tonal suede lining an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Gold Tweed Couture Collection Kiss Lock Mini Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Gold Tweed Kiss Lock Bag is in excellent condition. Petite and feminine, this mini features a silver frame with kiss lock closure. Short silver snake chain st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

CHANEL Mini timeless Shoulder bag in Pink Patent leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Mini timeless - Condition: Very good condition. Exterior stains - Accessories: Authenticity Card - Measurements: Width: 16cm, Height: 14cm, Depth: 7cm, St...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Pink Tweed Square Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Chanel Mini Flap Bag is constructed in soft-pink timeless tweed. It’s outfitted with silver tone hardware, a front flap with the signature interlocking CC turn lock clos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Striated Metallic Patent Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Slight odor in interior. Light indentations on rear and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Height 5", Width 8", Depth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Pudong Flap Bag Strass Embellished Tweed Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Wear on exterior and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 5", Width 6.5", Depth 3", Strap Drop 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Bright Red Micro Mini Patent Leather Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small Chanel red patent leather quilted sparkle flap. 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Gold hardware Bijoux chain Red lambskin lined interior One small interior pocket Strap Drop: Single 7” ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Paris-Salzburg Zip Multi Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Repainted strap. Moderate wear and discoloration on base corners, exterior edges and strap, creasing, wear, scuffs and small marks on exterior and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Limited Edition Chanel Mini Flap bag shoulder bag in beige quilted leather, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Rare limited edition Chanel Classic Mini shoulder bag in beige quilted leather, silver metal hardware, silver metal chain handle intertwined with beige leather for a hand, shoulder o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Metallic Gold Leather Evening Micro Mini Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 19" Measures 2.75" W x 2.5" H x 1" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is t...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

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Mini Chanel Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary mini chanel bag you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Gray and more options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect mini chanel bag among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Finding a mini chanel bag for sale for women should be easy, but there are 528 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Mini Chanel Bag?

On average, a mini chanel bag on 1stDibs sells for $2,877, while they’re typically $225 on the low end and $129,920 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.

Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.

However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed. 

Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.

After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.

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